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Glaciologists measure, model hard glacier beds, write slip law to estimate glacier speeds

During their trips to glacier beds recently exposed by retreating glaciers in the Swiss Alps (Rhone, Schwarzburg and Tsanfleuron glaciers) and the Canadian Rockies (Castleguard Glacier), four glaciologists used laser and drone technology to precisely measure the rocky beds and record their very different contours. The researchers turned the measurements into high-resolution digital models of … Continue reading Glaciologists measure, model hard glacier beds, write slip law to estimate glacier speeds

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Timing is Everything – Graether Family Fund for Climate Science Advancement

For the past few years, the faculty and staff in the Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences have sought to develop a new major for undergraduate students focused on climate science. The challenge was determining how to offer a new, robust program with no additional funding. During this same time, Dr. John Graether, a retired … Continue reading Timing is Everything – Graether Family Fund for Climate Science Advancement

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Assistant Professor Alex Gonzalez receives NSF grant to explore weather patterns in the Intertropical Convergence Zone

Alex Gonzalez, assistant professor of geological and atmospheric sciences, is studying the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) with the help of a $316,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).   A highly active weather region, the ITCZ appears as a narrow band of clouds encircling the equator. It extends for thousands of miles in continuous … Continue reading Assistant Professor Alex Gonzalez receives NSF grant to explore weather patterns in the Intertropical Convergence Zone

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GEAT receives $2.2M donation establishing the Graether Family Fund for Climate Science Advancement

Surgical innovator Dr. John M. Graether of Marshalltown, Iowa, has provided $2.2 million to establish the Graether Family Fund for Climate Science Advancement, which will help advance climate science education at Iowa State University. The fund will provide support for the Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences to grow interdisciplinary climate science programming that would … Continue reading GEAT receives $2.2M donation establishing the Graether Family Fund for Climate Science Advancement

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GEAT drops GRE requirement from graduate admissions process

The Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences (GEAT) is changing the application process for students seeking graduate degrees in geology and meteorology. These changes include discontinuing the GRE requirement (effective immediately) and implementing a two-stage application process (forthcoming) in hopes of reducing barriers faced by underrepresented student groups. Our overall goal is to increase the … Continue reading GEAT drops GRE requirement from graduate admissions process

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GEAT welcomes Assistant Professors Christina Patricola and Ian Williams!

Dr. Christina Patricola studies the physical relationships between extreme weather events, natural climate variability, and climate change within the coupled Earth system. She uses high-resolution numerical climate models and observations to investigate connections between the large-scale climate and extreme weather events, including tropical cyclones, floods, storms, and drought. Dr. Ian Williams studies atmospheric and terrestrial … Continue reading GEAT welcomes Assistant Professors Christina Patricola and Ian Williams!

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Dr. Betsy Swanner receives NSF CAREER award

Congratulations to Dr. Betsy Swanner, associate professor in geology, who has been awarded a National Science Foundation 2020 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award, one of the NSF’s most distinguished awards! The award will support Betsy’s project entitled, “Quantifying the Extent and Biogeochemical Impact of Modern Ferruginous Lakes”. You can find her Twitter summary of … Continue reading Dr. Betsy Swanner receives NSF CAREER award

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Christina Patricola, new GEAT assistant professor, wins DOE early career award for cyclone studies

Dr. Christina Patricola, a new GEAT assistant professor starting in Fall 2020, recently won a Department of Energy Early Career Award for her research on tropical cyclones. Tropical cyclones are low-pressure systems that form over tropical waters with thunderstorms near the center of closed, cyclonic winds. When those rotating winds reach 39 mph, the system … Continue reading Christina Patricola, new GEAT assistant professor, wins DOE early career award for cyclone studies

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Gabbie Ledesma and Jazlyn Beeck win Undergraduate Presentation Awards, 2020 North-Central Section GSA Meeting

In May 2020, geology undergraduates Gabbie Ledesma (Spring 2020 graduate) and Jazlyn Beeck presented their undergraduate research at the virtual North Central meeting of the Geological Society of America. Gabbie’s oral presentation, entitled “Can Terrestrial Manganese-rich Samples Help Distinguish Manganese-enrichments in Gale Crater Mars?”, is the culmination of research conducted with her advisor, Dr. Betsy … Continue reading Gabbie Ledesma and Jazlyn Beeck win Undergraduate Presentation Awards, 2020 North-Central Section GSA Meeting